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Extensive scope for remanufacture of locomotive components

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Owing to substantial investment by government in imported railway locomotives in recent years, as well as its goal to prioritise localisation, heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturers Metric Automotive Engineering says there is extensive scope for the local remanufacture of locomotive... 

Government won’t allow poultry industry to be ‘decimated’ - Davies 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd March 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is adamant that government will not stand by while its poultry industry is “decimated”, but acknowledges that there are also issues of industry competitiveness that should be addressed. Speaking this week during the Economic Sectors, Employment and... 

Government won’t allow poultry industry to be ‘decimated’ - Davies
Poultry workers and management during a recent march to the EU Delegation in Pretoria, to protest the dumping of bone-in chicken

Busa welcomes Budget, commits to playing a role in country’s economic transformation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) on Thursday welcomed the prioritisation of education and social spending, as well as the reforms in public procurement outlined by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget speech on Wednesday. Busa believes these measures will generate improved efficiencies... 

Electrifying rural areas offers opportunity for skills development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 African governments’ growing implementation of minigrids to electrify rural areas creates the opportunity for innovation and skills development to operate these grids, Emergent Energy renewable-energy consultant Adele Boadzo says. In a panel discussion on skills development in the energy sector... 

Standard Bank appoints new vehicle and asset finance head

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 Standard Bank has appointed Simphiwe Nghona as its Vehicle and Asset Finance (VAF) head, effective March 1. He will also join the bank’s Personal and Business Banking (PBB) group executive committee. Having worked most recently as CEO of WesBank’s motor division, Nghona brings 18 years of... 

Gibela starts recruiting staff for Dunnottar manufacturing facility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has started recruiting operators and artisans for its new manufacturing facility, as well as trainees for its new training centre, at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, prioritising historically disadvantaged residents of Ekurhuleni East. The consortium, which was... 

Gibela starts recruiting staff for Dunnottar manufacturing facility

Unemployment rate improves to 26.5%  

By: Anine Kilian     14th February 2017 South Africa saw positive growth in the job market in the fourth quarter of 2016, with employment increasing by 235 000 and the number of job seekers declining by 92 000, resulting in the official unemployment rate improving to 26.5%, from the 27.1% recorded in the third quarter of the year.... 

Busa worried about Sona violence, agrees greater economic transformation is needed

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th February 2017 The events that unfolded at Thursday’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) by President Jacob Zuma, are of serious concern and undermine the country’s progress in and towards open, transparent and constructive dialogue, Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Friday. “Democracy depends on... 

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

Africa must connect on global scale for economies to keep up and compete

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2017 To grow their economies in line with their growing size, Africa’s cities must open their doors and connect to the world to ensure that investments in these cities’ infrastructure, industrial and commercial structures keep pace with its concentration of people. A new World Bank report, released on... 

Africa must connect on global scale for economies to keep up and compete

Zuma calls for ‘unity in action’ ahead of Sona 2017 

By: Sane Dhlamini     6th February 2017 President Jacob Zuma will, during a pre-State of the Nation (Sona) Business Investor Luncheon, in Cape Town, on Tuesday, call for “unity in action” to drive South Africa on a sustainable growth path. This will be his second such meeting with business leaders a few days before he delivers the... 

Zuma calls for ‘unity in action’ ahead of Sona 2017
Photo by Duane Daws
South African President, Jacob Zuma

Championing Delivery

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd February 2017 Founder of black-empowered consulting engineering firm PD Naidoo & Associates Pragalathan Dhanapalan (Dempsey) Naidoo may be retiring from Mott MacDonald, but the civil engineering industry and business world, he tells Tracy Hancock of Engineering News, has not yet seen the last of him. 

Business Process Services incentive scheme created 30 000 jobs – DTI

By: African News Agency      1st February 2017 The Business Process Services (BPS) Incentive Scheme of the department of trade and industry (DTI) has created 30 000 jobs since 2011, the department said on Tuesday. “The objective of the BPS scheme is to create employment opportunities particularly for the young people of South Africa through... 

Metals, engineering sector to grow for the first time in over three years in 2017, but risks remain

By: David Oliveira     27th January 2017 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is expected to grow for the first time in over three years this year – by 1.4% – amid rising commodity prices and an improved economic outlook both globally and domestically. Speaking at the launch of the ‘State of the Metals and Engineering Sector... 

Metals, engineering sector to grow for the first time in over three years in 2017, but risks remain

Sars ensures correct employee classification

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 The misclassification of employees as independent contractors is a common problem that has resulted in the South African Revenue Service (Sars) instituting more stringent guidelines to ensure that employers adhere to taxation regulations, says contractor management services provider EOH Highveld... 

Sars ensures correct employee classification
BARTLEY JOSEPH South African employers act as agents of the State and are responsible for ensuring that all necessary taxes associated with an employee are collected

Equal pay claims discussed at Labour Law Conference

     20th January 2017 The future of equal pay claims in South Africa was one of the key focus areas at the twenty-ninth Annual Labour Law Conference (ALLC) last year, with University of KwaZulu-Natal senior lecturer Nicci Whitear-Nel exploring the issue within the context of unequal pay between genders. 

Improving labour laws may lead to greater employment rates

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 A more mature attitude towards collective bargaining, more prudent use of strikes and greater flexibility for employers to manage their workforce according to demand would likely lead to a greater appetite for employment in South Africa, says legal services provider Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys... 

Improving labour laws may lead to greater employment rates
MICHAEL MAESO The consequences of a breach of the amendment that provides for the use of labour brokers is yet to be definitively determined

Businesses to navigate the effects of union instability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 Given the ongoing unstable political climate, the realignment of trade unions to consolidate numbers or gain increased affiliation is likely to perpetuate interunion rivalry for the foreseeable future, says legal services provider Creighton Attorneys director Barney Creighton. 

Businesses to navigate the effects of  union instability
Photo by Duane Daws
MAINTAINING MAJORITY South Africa’s larger trade unions will have to make difficult choices to mitigate the loss of their majority

Investment the cure for SA’s unemployment – Fedusa

By: African News Agency      19th January 2017 All sectors in South Africa needed to pull in the same direction if the country is to attract investment which could break the back of unemployment. This was according to Dennis George of the Federation of Unions of South Africa, the second largest trade union federation in the country, who is... 

Organic growth in local companies to boost employment, but scarce skills a concern – PwC 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 Amid the country’s rising unemployment rate, 83% of South African CEOs are confident about their company’s prospects for revenue growth over the next year, which will result in an increase in headcount. In its eighth South African edition of the yearly Global CEO Survey, financial services firm... 

Organic growth in local companies to boost employment, but scarce skills a concern – PwC
PwC Southern Africa CEO Dion Shango discusses CEO sentiments

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice  

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th January 2017 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) is taking a stand against government’s alleged failure to appoint “suitably qualified, accountable, responsible and responsive” management at some of South Africa’s vital parastatals. A Section 77 Protest Action Notice has been lodged with the... 

Fedusa takes aim at SoEs with Section 77 notice

New incentive Act will boost employment – Busa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) has welcomed the passing of the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) Act, which it believes will enable significant strides in the creation of more jobs for the youth. President Jacob Zuma signed the Bill into law on January 11 under the Taxation Laws Amendment Act. 

New incentive Act will boost employment – Busa

Global unemployment to rise by 3.4m in 2017 as economies struggle

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th January 2017 Global unemployment is expected to rise by 3.4-million this year, spurred by deteriorating labour market conditions in emerging countries, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said. In its latest ‘World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2017’ report, the organisation outlined that... 

Global unemployment to rise by 3.4m in 2017 as economies struggle

Zuma behaved like a gangster, says Vavi

By: News24Wire      20th December 2016 The revelations that President Jacob Zuma conspired with Secret Service agencies to establish a rival trade union to the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu)in the platinum belt should be seen as the last straw, said former Cosatu secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi. “If this is... 

Zuma behaved like a gangster, says Vavi
Photo by Duane Daws
Zwelinzima Vavi

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2016 Companies can manage the allocation, productivity and planning of human resources in real-time using a new cloud-based people resource management solution, says human resource management solutions company PRP Solutions CEO Kriya Govender. The solution can be used to integrate any existing... 

Cloud-based solution enables companies to manage staff in real time
KRIYA GOVENDER The real-time nature of the solution enables all levels of employees to proactively manage productivity

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed into television production hub

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 The Sky Rink atop the Carlton Centre’s parking lot in downtown Johannesburg always had something of an edge to it. Experienced ice-skaters, often with a cigarette in their mouths, would make little effort to disguise their disdain for beginners as they weaved effortlessly, and at extreme speed,... 

Iconic Joburg ice rink being transformed  into television production hub

Sasol appoints new HR executive

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st December 2016 Charlotte Mokoena has been appointed Sasol human resources (HR) and corporate affairs executive VP, effective February 1, 2017. As part of the group executive committee, she will direct and oversee Sasol’s global HR and corporate affairs functions in line with the group’s strategic aims. 

Lower income groups cannot navigate life without paying bribes – survey

By: Sane Dhlamini     29th November 2016 The findings of the second South African Citizen’s Bribery Survey has revealed that 48% of respondents who earned less than R100 000 a year thought it was difficult to navigate daily life without paying bribes. The survey was conducted by the Ethics Institute of South Africa and sponsored by... 

Lower income groups cannot navigate life without paying bribes – survey

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

By: Dylan Slater     25th November 2016 For the third consecutive year, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever has been rated as the Number 1 Top Employer in the manufacturing sector as well as the Number 1 Top Employer in the fast moving consumer goods sector in Africa by the Top Employers Institute. 

Inside the South Africa leg of Unilever’s globally recognised push for sustainability

Minimum wage adds stability that local economy needs – Jonas 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st November 2016 The newly proposed national minimum wage of R3 500 will not only establish greater labour stability in South Africa, but it will also evoke positive collaboration between business, labour and government, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Monday. Speaking on the sidelines of a media... 

Minimum wage adds stability that local economy needs – Jonas
Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas speaks to Engineering News Online about the state of South Africa. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Vincent Pestana

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 Equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment – a division of JSE-listed Barloworld – recently launched its 40/20 strategy, which aims to increase women representation to about 40% of the company’s staff by 2020.  

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020
WOMEN IN ENGINEERING Barloworld Equipment invites all genders to apply for its graduate programme

Labour market index improves, but no cause for celebration – Solidarity

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th November 2016 While the Solidarity-ETM Labour Market Index (LMI) improved to 42.5 index points in the third quarter, up from the downwardly revised 41.9 in the second quarter, the trade union cautioned against premature talk of “green shoots” of recovery in the South African economy. The trade union said the... 

Busa participating in Nedlac committee deciding on free education protest

By: Sane Dhlamini     11th November 2016 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) will be part of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) committee that is dealing with the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ (Cosatu’s) section 77 notice, which calls for national protest action demanding free education. Nedlac has... 

Busa participating in Nedlac committee deciding on free education protest

Hisense programme to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians

By: Anine Kilian     10th November 2016 Endeavouring to contribute to the South African economy and job creation, Chinese home appliance manufacturer Hisense will next year implement a programme at its factory in Atlantis to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians in the Western Cape. Hisense skills development manager Mark Dammert told... 

Hisense programme to upskill 1 000 unemployed electricians

Transnet ranked a top employer in S Africa

     4th November 2016 Last month, State-owned freight and logistics company Transnet was ranked one of South Africa’s top employers for providing its employees with an exceptional working environment. 

Transnet, SABS partner to develop innovators

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th October 2016 Transnet, which has partnered with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Design Institute to establish the Transnet Innovation and Design Research Centre, this week showcased 20 entrepreneurs who invented “life-changing” ideas that would provide solutions to challenges in their... 

Transnet, SABS partner to develop innovators

Sars wants 'rogue unit' docs barred from labour case

By: News24Wire      11th October 2016 Lawyers for the South African Revenue Service (Sars) want key documents relating to the infamous "rogue unit" saga to be disallowed as evidence in a labour dispute with one of the revenue collector's former employees. Proceedings in former Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay's bid to have his... 

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